The fascinating and jaw-dropping Opening Ceremony is over and the 2012 London Olympics are officially underway. While the U.S. women’s soccer team and former Sun Devil Amy LePeilbet already kicked off action a couple days ago (a 4-2 victory over France), the first Sun Devil to open up the 2012 Olympic Games was Israel’s Gal Nevo in the 400m individual medley in the pool.
Nevo clocked a time of 4:14.77 to finish 10th in the preliminary round of qualifying. Unfortunately, that time was just over a second shy of advancing him to the finals of the event after needing to finish in the top eight after qualifying. It was, however, the top finish for an ASU alumni in that particular event since Sweden’s Anders Peterson took ninth at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Nevo is the Israeli national record holder in the event and will still compete in the 200m individual medley later in these Olympics.
For a complete schedule of all the Sun Devils in action at the London Games, check this link: http://www.thesundevils.com/sports/olympics/spec-rel/072812aaa.html